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Tampa Bay food events this weekend: Kumquat Festival, Gasparilla grub

Plus, St. Petersburg restaurant German Knodle made Yelp’s list of the top 100 places to eat.
Kumquats in Dade City. [Times (2002)]
Kumquats in Dade City. [Times (2002)]
Published Jan. 22

SQUEEZE THE DAY: KUMQUAT FESTIVAL

The Kumquat Festival brings a farmers market, arts and crafts, a car show, live entertainment and children’s activities to historic downtown Dade City, not far from what is known as the kumquat capital of the world: St. Joseph. But the 23rd edition of this oh-so-Florida celebration of a tiny citrus fruit’s big draw is not to be missed: loads of fresh kumquats, kumquat pies and other kumquat products. Free, food and drink additional. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. 14112 Eighth St. (352) 567-3769. dadecitychamber.org.

FEEDING TIME: GASPARILLA GRUB

These three events should help you fuel up for all the Gasparilla merriment on Saturday:

World of Beer’s Gasparilla Brunch pairs the beloved in-between meal with mimosas, beermosas, Bloody Marys and Champagne bottle specials. A DJ provides the soundtrack. Free, food and drink additional. 9 a.m.-noon. 402 S Howard Ave., Tampa. (813) 251-6800. worldofbeer.com.

Adjacent to the Tampa Convention Center, the Gasparilla Invasion Brunch Party takes over American Social. Enjoy bottomless buffet bites and the open bar, stocked with mimosas, Bloody Marys and premium liquor, beer and wine, while watching the festivities kick off. $145 and up. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 601 S Harbour Island Blvd., No. 107, Tampa. (813) 605-3333. americansocialbar.com.

MacDinton’s hosts the second annual Kegs and Eggs Gasparilla Pre-Party before the pirate shenanigans begin. Breakfast and your first Bud Light or Bud Light Seltzer at the Irish pub are free. Free, food and drink additional. 9 a.m.-noon. 405 S Howard Ave., Tampa. (813) 251-8999. macdintons.com.

PERK UP: GASPAR’S BREW

Tampa-based coffee and tea company Joffrey’s is gearing up for the annual Gasparilla festival with Gaspar’s Brew. Licensed by Gasparilla Treasures and the official coffee of Gasparilla, the blend features a mix of African and Indonesian beans that results in “a smooth, smoky cup with hints of caramel,” according to a news release. Joffrey’s has made Gaspar’s Brew for a couple of years now. The blend is available for purchase year-round through joffreys.com ($13.99 per 16-ounce bag), but it’s also served at Davis Islands restaurant Pascal’s during the time period surrounding Gasparilla. Bonus: Joffrey’s plans to offer a taste of Gaspar’s Brew at the festival on Saturday. Look for its purple mobile coffee bar at the corner of Bayshore Boulevard and Howard Avenue in Tampa.

Gaspar's Brew, a blend of Indonesian and African beans from Joffrey's Coffee & Tea Company, is the official coffee of Gasparilla. [Courtesy of Joffrey's Coffee & Tea Company]

HOLY SCHNITZEL: GERMAN KNODLE

Yelp has named a St. Petersburg restaurant on its list of the Top 100 Places to Eat in the U.S. German Knodle, which opened in the EDGE District last year, came in at No. 46, securing a spot among the 50 best. The restaurant does classic items like schnitzel and currywurst alongside salads and panini. To compile the seventh annual roundup, Yelp’s data science team looked at ratings and number of reviews in 2019 and collaborated with community managers around the country, who helped finalize the rankings. Coral Gables, Homestead, Cape Canaveral, Oakland Park, Gainesville, Orlando, Pensacola and Fort Myers are home to the eight other Florida restaurants acknowledged. View the full list at blog.yelp.com.

Related: A German restaurant in St. Pete is one of Yelp’s top places to eat

BOWLED MOVE: CRAFT BREWERY CHILI COOKOFF

The third annual Craft Brewery Chili Cookoff invites you to sample bowls of chili from 14 breweries at the Stadium restaurant and bar. The contenders, among them 3 Daughters Brewing, Big Storm Brewing Co., Big Top Brewing Company, Coppertail Brewing Co. and Escape Brewing Company, must incorporate their signature beer into whatever recipe they cook up. Admission includes the chili and two brews. Benefits Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties. $10. Noon-6 p.m. Sunday. 2349 Seven Springs Blvd., New Port Richey. (727) 372-8168. thestadiumrestaurant.com.

RATICAL: LUNAR NEW YEAR

Hawkers Asian Street Fare welcomes the Lunar New Year with entertainment and giveaways. In addition to local lion dancers and music, the EDGE District restaurant is set to present kids with red envelopes stuffed with vouchers for free roti, Hawkers’ Malaysian flatbread, and even one offers a $50 gift card. This is a nod to the New Year’s Day gifts that parents in Asian culture traditionally hand out to their children. If you want to take your observance of the year of the rat further, order lucky eats like noodles and dumplings. Free, food and drink additional. 8 p.m. Friday. 1235 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 521-7253. eathawkers.com.

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